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Have one you like?

Bonus points for a >1 day battery life, not costing $texas, and a HR monitor.

These are two I'm considering atm:
https://www.amazon.com/Amazfit-Smartwatch-Monitoring-Ultra-Long-A1608/dp/B07CRSK5DM ($70)
https://www.amazon.com/Ticwatch-comfortable-Smartwatch-Shadow-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B076HQPDRF ($130)

10/2/2018 11:35:28 AM

BJCaudill21
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I don't have much to contribute, but I've worn the same garmin vivofit for over 3 years on the same battery. Don't really know why fitbit couldn't do the same thing. Obviously it doesn't do as much as the newer ones can, but I'd look at garmin again since this one has done what I wanted well (basically just step counting, time, distance, calories)

10/2/2018 3:47:22 PM

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What about iwatch? Looks cute.

10/2/2018 3:49:53 PM

rjrumfel
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What is your budget? I've had the following watch for about 8 months now and love it:

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Forerunner-735XT-Black-Grey/dp/B07146Q44F/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1538586679&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=garmin+forerunner+735xt&psc=1

It is going to have a somewhat limited use solely as a smartwatch, as there aren't many apps you can go out and download, but it has GPS, it is a great fitness tracker, and it can last for up to 7 days depending on how much you use GPS. Of course the basic smartwatch functionality is there, such as getting texts on it, getting call notifications, etc.

The reason I asked about your budget is because Garmin makes some really great smartwatches but they are pretty pricey, like the Fenix series, that start around $550.

10/3/2018 1:28:46 PM

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Not that high, but I appreciate the recommendation and thoughts

10/3/2018 1:40:52 PM

rjrumfel
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The Forerunner I have was 350, and I used some credits that I got from using their CC.

The only other negative I can think of is that the body is made of plastic. I guess they made that decision to reduce weight? I don't know. I went out and ordered some kludgey protector for it, but it works.

It does have a HR monitor.

[Edited on October 3, 2018 at 8:36 PM. Reason : dadf]

10/3/2018 8:35:25 PM

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My wife has a Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro she enjoys, and I have an older Garmin Vivoactive that I like. Both are around $200, have HR monitors, and last more than a day.

10/4/2018 4:29:31 PM

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I switched to the Amazfit Bip after Pebble went under.

The battery life is absolutely unbelievable. The default settings will get you really close to that 45 day mark... but they're crap. The heart rate only measures ~ once/hour, tons of notifications are disabled, etc. With my configuration I'm closer to about 30 days.

Also, any task that uses the GPS taxes the battery. Tracking a walk or bike ride seems to use maybe 3-5% per hour.

Likes:
- Touchscreen is shockingly good. Responsive; animations are snappy. Everything you'd expect.
- Seems to receive regular updates.
- Permissions controls are super granular. It doesn't ask for everything up front, rather when you want to enable something it asks for appropriate permissions.
- Charges quickly. Maybe 1-2% per minute.
- No water worries for swimming, etc.

Problems/Dislikes:
- Long messages from hangouts cause it to lose its mind (think email-over-sms from mom that might be 500+ characters.) It basically goes into some kind of loop transmitting the same message to the watch over and over.
- You need to open the app on a semi-regular basis. If the battery dies you lose all the data that hasn't been synced (which might be many days.)
- Relatively few options for customization. Fairly bare bones. For me that's perfect... but if you're coming from a gear or wearos or even a pebble it's spartan in comparison.
- The silicone band irritated my skin - switched it for a leather one.


While the battery is definitely a strong selling point, I find it easier to settle into a routine. I normally put it on the charger Sunday morning and open the app to let it sync and update while showering and getting dressed. The 20-30% it takes on is more than enough for the average week. Having the option of topping it off and having zero worries on a vacation is great. One less charger to take.

10/4/2018 11:15:19 PM

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I'm still with my Pebble Time. Works great so far without the Pebble servers, since fans set up their own servers to keep everything running. But, it is going to get old eventually, and it the water proofing on mine has already failed. So, I'm probably going to get an Amazfit Bip someday. I just hope that day is a long way off.

10/6/2018 8:55:51 PM

wwwebsurfer
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^ Time Steel has been the best smartwatch I have ever owned. Unfortunately my battery croaked

Forgot to mention the glaring omission on the bip:

No music controls. It will show you the track that's playing, but you can't control it. My headphones have a little controller so it's not awful, but if you're across the house playing it on speakers and want to pause... no bueno

10/7/2018 12:16:37 AM

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I still use my pebble time steel. Still getting a full week+ of battery life and it does everything I need it to do. Pretty sweet being able to adjust my thermostat and close my garage door with a watch this old while still getting an always on screen, waterproofing, and 7+ days of battery. Hell, the thing charges over a normal usb port in about an hour and a half! I wish they (fitbit) would just come out with a refresh of this thing and stop dicking around with other watch tech. They really hit the sweet spot with the time steel.

[Edited on October 8, 2018 at 11:23 AM. Reason : ]

10/8/2018 11:22:41 AM

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Great deal: https://slickdeals.net/f/12198769-amazfit-bip-smartwatch-with-free-shipping-55-99 - I paid $80

I definitely like my watch. Thanks for all the info wwwebsurfer. Battery life is awesome. Sometimes I have to turn on do not disturb for group chats, and yes, weird hangouts messages.

11/5/2018 11:36:32 AM

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